amatlack wrote:The only time I have knee issues is when I need new running shoes. If I run on a treadmill with worn-out shoes, my knees kill me. Otherwise, no problem.
Home treadmills are also a lot less padded that gym treadmills...unless you got a really expensive one.
Hmmmm - I could need new running shoes - I've actually been wearing my NB Trainers - ones that I only use for the gym, but I should get new running shoes, mine are beat.
My treadmill has an orthopedic pad, definitely not the bottom of the heap, so it's probably my shoes and/or the incline as Lynne suggested.
Don't use incline on the treadmill for a while. The only time I have knee pain is when I do alot of hills. It is killer in the knees.
Sprints are fine - just no incline. just my humble opinion.
Don't forget to stretch after your sprints. A good one for that area you are describing is to lay on the floor lift that leg in the air and using a resistance band or a jumprope over the foot (across the bottom of your shoe, just above the arch area), hold to each handle and pull the front of the foot downward toward you gently - you should feel a good stretch all along the hamstrings and back of the knee area.
I stopped using the incline for a long time, but forgot to create a custom sprint
That and my shoes..... That stretch is very similar to what Swans says I should do above, the terminal knee extension.
I did my steady treadmill this morning, but worked out tonight as well.
Warmed up with 100 Windmills
Did some terminal knee extensions - I think I will incorporate them in my workouts as part of my stretching routine.
Medicine Ball squat, bringing ball between my legs, then stand and over my head 3 x 30, only a 4 lb Ball
Incline Flyes 3 x 30 - 8 lb DB's
Lat Pulldowns 3 x 20, 50 lbs
Alternating side/front raises - 3 x 30, 8 lb DB's
Squats on Smith - 3 x 20, 95 lbs. (really not heavy and no pain in leg/knee)
Made a batch of the Chicken Vegetable Soup tonight - it's pretty much a staple on this diet, it's easy and makes a great lunch or dinner. I put it in 1 and 2 serving size containers, some I freeze. I stuck to my dinner plans, so ended my day right. Tomorrow limited carbs, only fruits and veggies
Off to put some Biofreeze on my knee/leg and off to bed!